Rick Eid is joining Dick Wolf’s veteran NBC crime drama Law & Order: SVU as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming 18th season. He will succeed Warren Leight, who a year ago inked an overall deal with Sony TV but stayed on as SVU showrunner for its current 17th season. For Eid, the SVU gig will fall under a two-year overall deal he has signed with Universal TV, the studio behind the Law & Order franchise.

This marks Eid’s return to the Dick Wolf camp, having previously served as co-executive producer on the mothership Law & Order series and co-created Conviction for NBC. Eid recently served as executive producer on CBS’ Hostages and showrunner on TNT’s Dark Blue.

Image (1) svu__140411023835.jpg for post 712735“I’m extremely pleased that Rick had decided to rejoin the family and hope that he will be here for years to come,” said Wolf, the Law & Order: SVU creator and executive producer.

Law & Order: SVU recently received an early renewal for next fall as part of a new mega-deal Wolf signed with NBCUniversal. Also picked up for next season are his NBC Chicago dramas Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med.

Eid is repped by WME.